Pipiki Records

Jose Conde's 2022 Album
Souls Alive in the 305
# 1 on NACC Latin. #19 Soul North America!

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Global eclectic pop artist Jose Conde's latest incarnation is a new sonic journey into electric, eclectic, tropicalized, funky pop. Conde re-emerges from the New York Afro Cuban music cocoon armed with Moog synthesizer, looper, vintage organ, wah-wah electric guitar, acoustic and electric beats, and an album of new signature songs. Souls Alive in the 305 (out now on PiPiKi Records) is Conde’s ambitious second solo album and fifth overall following his critically acclaimed Cuban rooted eclectic work with OLA FRESCA. Souls Alive in the 305 was recorded between Brooklyn and Miami in a five-year span and produced by Conde with help from celebrated Miami musician and producer DJ Spam, aka Andrew Yeomanson. The album is already receiving critical praise from WNYC Soundcheck, Medium.com, Sounds and Colours, and New Sounds.

His most diverse release to date, Souls Alive in the 305 grooves through a wide range of moods and continues Conde’s knack for blending rhythmic elements across genres seamlessly in memorable, lyrical songs rooted in his love and fascination of nature, his appreciation for the absurd, and for existential exploration, and in his own Cuban American reality. As he passionately explains, “My journey has taken me full circle back to a more pop approach and back to the city where I am from. After writing and producing so much Cuban music I have been gravitating towards funk and in this case the funky pop I heard prevalent in Miami while growing up…on the radio or spilling out of cars. Soul and funk, breakbeat, Miami bass, disco rap, rock n roll, Cuban music and salsa all co-exist in the Miami musical landscape of my youth.” The result is funky, eclectic, crossover pop, with 8 new songs written half in English and half in Spanish.

Jose Conde has performed in major festivals, concert halls, and clubs in New York, throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and parts of Latin America. His music has been featured in numerous widely released albums, films and TV programs. From features on Putumayo and Rough Guide world music compilations to sync licenses on HBO and British Television programs, and stories on US college and public radio, NPR and BBC, the band has received consistent growing positive international exposure in every year of activity. Notable venues that have featured Ola Fresca include Chicago World Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, NY Central Park Summerstage, Bocafest in Veracruz Mexico, Green Apple Festival Miami, Santa Monica Twilight Dance Series, Kennedy Center DC, NY Global Rhythm Festival, New Orleans Voodoo Festival etc.

Awards
2008 Best Latin Album - (R)Evolucion IMA Awards –
2008 Best Live Latin Band in USA – Gigmasters.com
2016 Best Latin Album Nominee Indy Music Awards

Discography
Esencia - PiPiKi Records 2001
Ay! Que Rico - PiPiKi Records 2004
(R)Evolucion - PiPiKi /Mr Bongo UK 2007
Baby Loves Salsa -Rope a Dope/Sony 2008
JOSE CONDE (solo self titled) 2011
Elixir - Ola Fresca
Souls Alive in the 305 - Jose Conde

Compilations
Putumayo Café Cubano CD (El Chacal)
Putumayo World Salsa Compilation (AY! Que Rico)
Putumayo Children’s Playground (Bolitas de Arroz con Pollo)
Rough Guide to Nuevo Latino (Ride la Ola)
Rough Guide to Salsa Clandestina (Café Con Sangre)
Rough Guide to Latin Funk (Oshiri Pan Pan)
McDougal Littell/Universal Musica del Mundo (Goza mi Changui)

participating in

  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2006
  • virtualWOMEX

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